This month, I asked questions in Parliament about the supply of the COVID vaccine into Gaza. My questions were prompted by news that the Israeli government had delayed the delivery of 2,000 Covid vaccines into Gaza and broader concerns over its lack of action in vaccinating Palestinians.
The United Nations has said that it is Israel’s responsibility to provide equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank as the occupying power. The body says differential access is “morally and legally” unacceptable under international law as set out in the Geneva Conventions.
The Israeli authorities have an obligation to respect the human rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories, including their right to health, and the UK government must use its international standing to ensure that the Israeli government fulfils this moral and legal responsibility.